The robin, not the turkey, is the real Christmas bird; you'll find him on cards, cakes and Christmas trees. But is Robin Redbreast having us on? Is he really the friendly and gentle little fellow he seems? Does he deserve his special Christmas place? Dr. Richard Collins, scientific adviser to Mooney Goes Wild, investigates! To read more about this special documentary, and to listen to the programme, click here.
On Mooney today, with Brenda Donohue...
Anna Nolan tells us about her fears about returning to TV presenting after a long absence, we’ll find out about the craft of hanking onions, we've live music from Derek Ryan, who also tells us how you could win a private gig onboard RTÉs Big Music Train, three listeners play Mooney's Monday Quiz, and we’ll hear more listeners singing in the shower!
Last week, to celebrate RTÉ’s Big Music Week, we launched our competition to find Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower! To enter, all you have to do is make an audio recording of yourself singing in the shower.
The prize for Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower, as decided by our panel of judges, will be announced on Mooney, on Thursday, October 3rd 2013. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Please note that if you submit a recording, RTÉ reserve the right to use this material as it sees fit in accordance with the terms and conditions for rté.ie and the recordings shall be deemed "content" for the purposes of application of the terms of clause 9 of such terms and conditions.
And for one lucky winner, we have one, very special prize: a Yamaha Clavinova CLP4440 Electric Piano!
Niall Walton, from Walton's Music, with the Yamaha Clavinova Electric Piano that will be won by Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower!
RTÉ's fourth Big Music Week kicks off next Monday, September 30th, and there are really lots of exciting musical happenings planned. Mooney will be jumping on board the train and Brenda will be hosting a most unusual House Party!
The Mooney house parties feature well-known artists or bands, who usually perform in a listener's front room, kitchen, bathroom etc... We’ve had some of Ireland’s greatest entertainers - Brian Kennedy, Tommy Fleming, The Fury Brothers, Majella and Daniel O'Donnell, Crystal Swing, Jack L etc... - all singing their hearts out in kitchens across the country.
Now we are taking our House Party and putting it on the Big Music Week Train along with Ireland’s hottest country music star!
Next Monday, September 30th, at 2.30 pm at Carlow train station, we want to fill a carriage of Mooney listeners and travel to Waterford and back again all in the delightful company of Derek Ryan, who will sing for us all along the way.
And Derek is here in studio today to whet our appetite and sing us a song!
So if you are fancy a very unusual and fun afternoon all you have to do is e-mail Mooney - firstname.lastname@example.org - and tell us why you want come on board with Derek (not our Derek!).
Do you have a special anniversary or birthday celebration coming up? Would you like to surprise a loved one? What about a class reunion?
Maybe you just need a little lift as we head into the cold dark and dreary winter - or plain and simple, you are just a die hard, fanatical Derek Ryan fan. Whatever your reason is, we have a carriage awaiting you, your family and friends!
So e-mail email@example.com and tell us why you would like to be on board the Big Music Week Train with Derek Ryan.
Although Anna Nolan hasn’t appeared on Irish screens for many years, she has remained very close to what the Irish television audience have been watching, as a producer of very popular programmes such as Operation Transformation and Room To Improve.
However, since last week the very lovely and ever-popular Anna Nolan has been back on our screens with The Great Irish Bake Off, and she joins Brenda in studio today!
The Great Irish Bake Off continues on Thursday at 9pm, on TV3. For more information about the show, click here.
It's Mooney, it’s Mooney, so what does that mean? Well, "Mooney's Monday Quiz" of course! And, we have a terrific prize up for grabs today...
Destination Killarney have offered us a two-night break for two people sharing one room in your choice of hotel. You can choose from The Brehon Hotel & Angsana Spa, The Gleneagles Hotel & Apartments, The Travel Inn or Scotts Hotel. All in Killarney, Co Kerry.
Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings, dinner on an evening of your choice AND you must be available to avail of the prize on Sunday, October 27th and Monday October 28th, as your prize also includes two tickets to Imelda May’s gig on the 28th in the INEC!!
So, if sounds like something you’d like to win, we are looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today!
Rod Calderpotts quite literally knows his onions - and not just his onions, but his onion HANKING. What, you might wonder, is onion hanking? Well, Rod joins Brenda in studio today to explain what onion hanking is, and how he ended up hanking onions for a living!
Hedgerows: It is an offence to 'cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions'. For more information, click here.
UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:
Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed
BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted. It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.
Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made. This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.
The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:
(a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
(b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).
The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.
BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal. In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.
BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.
To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.
Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.
If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie